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Nigeria@60: NYC tasks Nigerian Youths on Excellence

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The Nigeria Youth Congress (NYC) Kogi state chapter has admonished Nigerian youths to strive for excellence in order to create positive impact on the society.
The chairman of the Congress, Comrade Alfa Ebune gave the indication at a stakeholders meeting he convened to mark the 60th independence anniversary of Nigeria in Lokoja.

Comrade Ebune pointed out that sixty years after independent from Colonial rule is enough to create positive development on the lives of the Citizens.
He called on members of the Nigeria Youth Congress not to wait for white collar jobs but rather to creative and innovative in entreprenurship and overcome the challenges of post COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chairman charged the younger generation to contribute positively to the advancement in nation building, adding that they needed to make a lot of sacrifices to checkmate future challenges.
He called for creative ideas in their respective local government areas to bring development closer to the grassroots.

Comrade Tashilani Maximilian appealed to members to work with people with integrity that could improve on youth development, adding that the 60th year independence anniversary is an opportunity for self evaluation.
In their separate remarks, the coordinators for Ofu, Kogi, Okene and Bassa Local Government Areas commended the State Executive Members for organising the stakeholders meeting to brainstorm on the activities of the Organization to move it forward.
Highlight of the event included the cutting of anniversary Cake

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

By Friday Idachaba

The Okene Secondary School Old Students Association has appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to spare the school as one of the legacy colleges of old Northern Nigerian Government rather than cede it to the military for use as Barracks.

The Alumni association made the appeal in a statement issued by its national President, Abubakar Abdulsalam to newsmen on Thursday in Lokoja.

The association said the school, formerly known as Okene Teachers College before it transmuted to a secondary school in 1970 had produced a lot of great Nigerians in all fields of human endeavour.

“There is no doubt that the institution has produced a lot of alumni and former employees, who are doing it proud in several areas both at home and abroad” the statement said.

“One of such was the late Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi (the father of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello) may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

“Many God reward him for his love for the children of other parents he laboured to cater for while in the school as an employee, Amen.

“The school where Pa Bello’s humane attributes were exhibited and remembered might no longer exist as it is currently being proposed to be a military barracks.

“We wish to use this medium to appeal to you to use your good offices to ensure that the school is spared and retained so that it can continue to turn out quality products with legacies as an institution of repute.”, the alumni added.

The association used the occasion to thank Gov. Bello for the appointment of Prof. Salawu Sadiku, an old student of the school, as pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara in the Central Senatorial District of Kogi.

“We, the entire old students of OSS, Okene worldwide, wish to express our profound gratitude and appreciation to the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for appointing one of us, Prof. Salawu Sadiku as the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of CUSTECH, Osara.”

The alumni described the appointment as a good one saying that the appointee was eminently qualified academically and had over the years, garnered the necessary cognate experience for the task ahead.

“We thank you for providing us the opportunity to showcase the stuff the products of the great Iresu-pogo College are made of through the appointment of Prof. Sadiku.

“We the old students pledge to collaborate with the government to turn around the fortunes of the school and continue to make it a centre of excellence that it has always been known for”, the alumni pledged. (NAN)

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Major shakeup in Army as it redeploys 1,546 officers

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Major shakeup in Army as it redeploys 1,546 officers

In a major shake up in the Nigerian Army heirhachy the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has redeployed a total of 1,546 officers.
Those affected includes 210 generals, 450 Colonels, 309 Majors, 251 Captains and 322 Lieutenants.
This is coming against the backdrop of the agitation by Nigerians including the National Assembly for President Muhammadu Buhari to replace the service Chiefs, who have exceeded their stay in office.
According to the statement signed by Major-General GAT Ochigbano, all affected officers must take over from the effective dates.
“It is the responsibility of all formation/unit commanders whose officers are affected by this posting to implement accordingly,” the statement read.
“Officers must take over on the effective dates indicated. Formation/unit commanders are to take immediate administration action on any officer who fails to report on effective date of posting.
“Commanders will also be held for lapses in the implementation of the directives contained therein. Please acknowledge.”
Also affected in the redeployment is Major-General PI Eze, who was appointed Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Land Component Commander in the North East region.

According to the new postings, Maj.-Gen. FO Agugo, from the Headquarters, Nigerian Army Signals Corps, Apapa, Lagos, has been moved to Defence Headquarters, as Chief of Defence Communications.
Similarly, Maj.-Gen. M. Mohammed was moved from the Nigerian Army Resource Center, Abuja, to Pronto Tech Nigeria Limited as Managing Director, while Maj.-Gen. AR Owolabi was moved from Defence Headquarters, Department of Communications, to Headquarters, Nigerian Army Signals Corps as Commander.
Major General Aminu Bande, was appointed substantive General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division Sokoto, while Maj.-Gen. IM Jallo was also confirmed as the GOC 6 Division, Port Harcourt.
Other appointments, according to the statement, included the redeployment of Maj.-Gen. E Akerejola to the Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport, Benin, as Commandant, while Maj-Gen. UM Mohammed, remained in the Office of the Chief of Army Staff as Special Adviser Nigerian Army University, Biu, and Vice Chairman, Nigerian Army Property Limited.
Maj.-Gen. Hussein Ahmed was confirmed as Provost Marshal and Maj.-Gen. AbdulKhalifa Ibrahim, as substantive GOC 7 Division/Commander, Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri.
All the postings and appointments are to take effect from January 18.

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Disability commission honors senator Izunaso with award of excellence

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Disability commission honors senator Izunaso with award of excellence

The Executive Secretary/ Board Members of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities have conferred an award of excellence on senator Osita Izunaso, CEO Kpakpando foundation.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Public relations officer of the commission Dooshima Pius Ikerave.
The award the statement said is in recognition of his advocacy in the struggle for the passage and establishment of National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

“On behalf of the Entire Disability Community we present this award of Excellence to distinguished senator Osita to appreciate his unrelenting, unending spirit of support towards the Disability Community at large.

“His commitment, passion and love for the community of persons with disabilities is never in doubt, as such it is our desire to improve on our existing partnership in serving persons with disabilities in Nigeria.”

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